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Causes of Upset Stomach
Upset stomach, or dyspepsia, in dogs is most often caused by eating something that creates intestinal distress. This can happen when you change foods or when your dog eats something he shouldn't. Dogs are naturally curious and prone to eating things that end up giving them an upset stomach. This can result in a bout of acute gastritis or upset stomach that may lead to vomiting. Typically, the situation resolves within a day or two. If vomiting or diarrhea develop and persist for more than 24 hours; it indicates a more serious health problem that should be addressed right away.
Chronic upset stomach results from long-term exposure to an irritant and is usually due to food intolerance or food allergies. This can usually be remedied by changing to higher quality foods that are free of grain by-products or other common irritants.
If you travel often with your pet and find they get upset stomachs, it may be due to motion sickness. This is especially true in puppies whose equillibriums are not fully developed.
Symptoms of Upset Stomach
Symptoms of upset stomach vary, depending on the cause and severity. Vomiting and diarrhea are the most obvious signs. Your pet may also seek a solitary space to lie down and seem disinterested in attention or normal activities. Excessive thirst, burping, and flatulence may also indicate digestive upset. Bad breath that is extremely offensive also signals indigestion. Dogs with stomach upset my appear lethargic or, to the contrary may pace and back and forth while trying to relieve the pain and discomfort.An upset stomach accompanied by fever, extreme bloating or crying and whimpering indicates a serious condition and a vet should be called immediately. These symptoms can be caused by obstruction or infection, which can quickly become life-threatening.
Preventing Upset Stomach
Ensure that your pet is eating a high-quality brand of food and keep “people foods” to a minimum, unless they are on the list of human foods approved for dogs. Temptations like garbage bins should be tightly secured and kept away from curious pets. Dogs should not be allowed to overeat and should stay within a healthy weight range to prevent digestive ailments. Add probiotics to your dogs meals to help keep healthy intestinal flora in proper balance. If your pet struggles with motion sickness, withhold solid food a couple of hours prior to travel.
Help for Upset Stomach
If your dog displays signs of an upset stomach; withhold food for 24 hours. Return to solid food by feeding him a bland, home-cooked diet for a day or two to give the digestive system a rest. Gradually add his regular food back in, unless the food is suspected of causing the problem. In that case, consult a vet for food recommendations or consider homemade food going forward.
There are natural remedies that can help prevent and treat upset stomach in dogs. Ginger is a safe and effective, natural herbal remedy that is very effective against nausea and upset stomach.